Our Favorite Things to Do in Clarkston

Clarkston is packed with great entertainment for the whole family. From golf courses to live music to ski resorts, this city has something for everyone. But, what are the best things to do in Clarkston during your next trip? The staff at Bowman Chevy is here to provide the best tips from locals, so you can enjoy everything that Clarkston is known for. Plan your visit today!

Outdoor Excitement

Michigan is full of stunning natural beauty in any season. If you want to take advantage of the gorgeous Michigan scenery, try some of these outdoor activities!

  • Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club is a great place to work on your swing. The rolling greens provide an unbelievable view as you play, and don’t miss out on the in-house restaurant!
  • Pine Knob Ski and Snowboard Resort is perfect for snow bunnies of all skill levels. Check out the website to view live webcams of the hill, so you can arrive when the powder is perfect.
  • DTE Energy Music Theatre showcases some of the top talent in music today. This partially covered arena can seat up to 15,000 music fans!

Indoor Activities

Of course, sometimes you’d prefer to head indoors! No matter the forecast outside, you’ll have a blast with these local activities in Clarkston.

  • Picasso’s Grapevine is a fun spot to kick back, relax, and create some stellar artwork. Just follow the step-by-step instructions to create a personalized masterpiece!
  • Brick It Up is a young builder’s paradise! Featuring over half a ton of Legos, kids can let their imaginations loose while constructing skyscrapers and racecars galore.
  • Fort Clarkston was built with both kids and parents in mind. While the little ones enjoy the massive play area, parents can grab food and refreshments to unwind.

Plan Your Next Visit Today!

There are countless things to do in Clarkston, and we’ve just begun to scratch the surface. If you’re ready to take the trip to our fine town, feel free to drop by! Bowman Chevy is your one-stop-shop for everything automotive, so peruse our inventory or pick up a part while you’re here. Our experts would be happy to help! Contact us for more information.

Discover the Top Restaurants in Clarkston

If you’re heading into Clarkston, you’re in for a real treat! Clarkston has tons of great food even the pickiest eaters. Whether you’re craving barbecue ribs or Latin street food, you’ll find the meal of your life right here in Michigan. The staff at Bowman Chevy knows the food of this town inside and out, so we’re pleased to present our top restaurants in Clarkston. Whet your appetite with descriptions of some of the most delicious stops in the Midwest, then stop by for a visit!

Amazing Restaurants

When you’re in the mood for a full meal, head to one of these eateries for a satisfying lunch or dinner.

  • Union Woodshop is one of the prides of Clarkston. This local favorite produces some of the most heavenly barbecue you’ve ever tasted, and the restaurant was even featured on Food Network. Try the legendary Porker sandwich and make room for the butterscotch pudding!
  • If you’re in the mood for Italian, then Via Bologna is the place for you. This charming bistro feels more like rustic Italy than the heart of the Midwest, and the extensive menu is bursting with Mediterranean flavors. From salads to pastas to pizza, there’s something for every palette!
  • Clarkston Union Bar & Kitchen serves handcrafted American comfort food that will knock your socks off. Don’t miss out on the award-winning mac and cheese!


Scrumptious Snacks

If you just need a quick pick-me-up, try some of the stellar delis and cafes around the Clarkston area.

  • The Old Village Café is the perfect spot for a cup of coffee and a great conversation. You can stay for lunch, but we recommend trying the delectable breakfast options to start your morning right.
  • Honcho Latin Street Food & Coffee offers incredible Latin food with a twist, along with coffee and cocktails! The vegetarian- and kid-friendly menu is perfect for any appetite.
  • The Royal Diner is a local diner with a lot of heart. The locals can’t get enough of the extensive menu, and your coffee cup will never run dry. Plus, it’s open 24/7!


Plan a Trip to Clarkston Today!

Now that you know the top restaurants in Clarkston, it’s time to schedule your visit! While you’re in the neighborhood, feel free to stop by Bowman Chevy to peruse our gorgeous inventory. Contact us today to schedule your test drive!


forestIf you’re dying to hit the road this fall to see the sights and take in some fall colors, then check out some of these local road trip destinations. Whether you’re looking to stay close to Detroit and Waterford, or you’re willing to drive a bit, there are plenty of don’t-miss trips in the area. Here are a few of our favorite road trip spots in the Michigan area.


It’s right across the border into Canada, and it’s one of the best places to enjoy some fun by Lake Erie. It’s about an hour drive, and a great place to witness the fall migration of some remarkable bird species. Plus from August to mid-October, Monarch butterflies migrate across Ontario, often stopping to rest in Point Pelee before they cross Lake Erie as they travel south for the winter.


Drive across the state to Kalamazoo and enjoy both scenery and a vibrant community. Kalamazoo is about two hours west of Detroit, and there is a stellar beer scene in this little college town, including Bell’s Brewery, Arcadia Brewing Company, and Kalamazoo Beer Exchange.


You’ll have to drive to Ohio, but it’s only a couple of hours to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Forests, rolling hills, and amazing fall colors are all attractions at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There are multiple trail options, and one advantage of heading south is that you can enjoy the fall colors later in the season; early to late October is prime time for observing the turning trees.


All the way up at the northern end of the state you’ll find Traverse City; it would be hard to imagine a better time to visit this lakeside city than during the autumn season. You can enjoy a stroll on the beach, take in some small town shopping, or even enjoy a wine tasting in Michigan’s wine country. There’s also championship golf course and, well, brilliant fall colors that start to turn in late September. It’s a four hour drive from Detroit, but it’s worth it.


If you need the perfect road trip vehicle for your autumn adventures, visit Bowman Chevrolet today at 6750 Dixie Highway in Clarkston, Michigan, only a short trip from Detroit and Waterford. Stop by our showroom or contact us online now if you need any help getting ready for your next road trip!

Frank Watson III Shares his GM Student Corps Experience

This past May, General Motors introduced a summer program called the GM Student Corps, which gave high school graduates work experience while giving back to the community. A total of 108 Detroit-area students along with 60 GM retirees and 11 GM student interns from the University of Detroit Mercy worked together to complete a variety of community service projects.

Together, the teams refurbished eight Detroit-area parks, planted 425 trees, shrubs and flowers, laid 392 yards of mulch, applied 223 gallons of paint, disposed of 205 bags and 29 dumpsters of plant overgrowth and refuse, distributed 30,000 pounds of food via local hunger organizations and more. The last work day of the nine-week internship was August 22.

Not only did the students build their teamwork and leadership skills, but they also made new friends and lasting memories. Below, Frank Watson III, one of the student participants, shares his experience with the program.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got involved with the Student Corps program.

I currently attend Wayne County Community College, double majoring in nursing and psychology. I’m a recent graduate from Henry Ford High School where I frequently volunteered in the community. Many of the students accepted in the program this summer were chosen after entering a contest. However, because of my volunteer experience, I was lucky enough to have one of my high school advisors recommend me for the opportunity.

How will your experience with the Student Corps help in your future career goals?

My ultimate career goal is to own my own hospital. At first, I didn’t think that this program would have much to do with my future career goals but knew it would be something good to have on my resume. When someone thinks of General Motors, they typically think of cars. However, through the program, I was really able to see how everything ties together and how important it is to know people with different business backgrounds.

There is a lot that goes into owning a hospital – there are legal staff, management and human resources, just to name a few. Being able to develop networking skills to meet and foster relationships with people of different business backgrounds is very important, and I think this experience really taught me that. One of my mentors in the program was even able to introduce me to someone from the Detroit Medical Center to talk with me further about the field I plan to work in some day.

What projects did you work on this summer?

We worked with a variety of organizations and participated in a total of 10 projects. Some of the organizations included the Detroit Parent Network, Forgotten Harvest, Gleaners and FOCUS HOPE. I’ve even been back to some of the places to volunteer on my own.

Our biggest project was the scraping and repainting of a local playground. Since my group graduated from Henry Ford High School, we were able to put our mark on the park by painting it with our school colors. As a result of our work, the community was able to host their first picnic in years – something they weren’t previously able to do because the area was in such bad shape.

Tell me about the mentorship that you received during the program.

We had five mentors in our group, and with the combination of their experience, we were able to learn more about the corporate world and what it takes to be successful in business. We also had a mentor that was an intern from the University of Detroit Mercy, which was really helpful because he could relate really well to us and our transition from high school to college. Our group clicked really well with our mentors.

What was your favorite part of the program?

My favorite part of the program was working together with my group. Even though we had our ups and downs during each of our projects, we were still able to come together as a group and get the job done. Everyone was always willing to come help me with my work and I was willing to help them.

Why is it important to have a program like this?

Not only does Student Corps give work experience to high school students, but it has a really great impact on the community.

I had a completely different idea of what this program was going to be when I started. We all showed up on our first day in full suits and ties and thought we would be sitting at a desk doing paperwork all summer. I quickly realized that the program was going to be much more than that. Not only did it help me build my networking skills and help me make extra summer money, but it was great to see us transform and beautify the city.

I never knew how much GM cared about the community. It was inspirational to see how much the company is giving back and investing in programs like the Student Corps to help redevelop not only the city of Detroit, but the people in it.

Frank recently shared his experience with the program at TEDxDetroit 2013 on October 2.

For more information on the GM Student Corps program, check out the Student Corps site:http://www.gm.com/company/aboutGM/student-corps.html

General Motors plans to continue the successful program next year and for years to come.

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Help Chevrolet In The Fight To End Breast Cancer

making stridesOn select Saturdays in October and November Chevrolet will donate $10 to the American Cancer Society for every test drive up to $130,000.  At Bowman Chevrolet we have pledged to match each donation, so stop in and test drive your favorite model.

National Test Drive Saturdays: October 19th, November 2nd and November 16th. 

We are excited to share this great program with our community!  Read on for more information…

For anyone who asks “Are we there yet?” The answer is “almost.” For a third year in a row, Chevrolet is teaming up with the American Cancer Society to take a stand against breast cancer through early detection, protection and awareness. You can also do your part by taking steps to join them in the fight.

More Hope Per Gallon

On October 5, October 19, November 2, and November 16, you can take a test drive at your Chevrolet dealership and Chevrolet will contribute $10 for every drive to the American Cancer Society. Chevrolet will also be sponsoring a NASCAR pace car for lap donations at racing events.

Service for Strides

Bring your vehicle in for a Chevrolet Certified Service in October or November, opt to contribute your eligible servicerebate, and Chevrolet will match your contribution. It’s as simple as doing the following:

1. Visit a participating Chevy dealer in the month of October or November and choose a brake pad installation or an oil change with 4-tire rotation and 27-point inspection from Chevrolet Certified Service.

2. Contribute all or part of your eligible rebate to support the fight against breast cancer when you fill out your rebate form from your dealer or by visiting mycertifiedservicerebates.com (faster payment).

3. Mail a copy of your repair order with either your printed online confirmation page or your completed rebate form from your dealer.

As the largest corporate sponsor, Chevrolet and Chevrolet dealers are proud to have raised over $2 million for the American Cancer Society and hopes to continue to raise more funding and awareness to impact the lives of patients, survivors and their loved ones for the long run. Join Chevrolet in the fight against cancer by donating to the American Cancer Sociey by visiting cancer.org/chevroletmsabc

Learn more about Making Strides Walks across the country with the American Cancer Society by visitingMakingStridesWalk.org and share your story on Twitter #chevymakingstrides.

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